Bullet Proof Skin Isn’t Science Fiction Thanks To DNA Splicing

first published on April 16, 2018 by

Humans with bullet proof skin may actually be possible thanks to advances in DNA splicing. Researchers invented a silk three times stronger than kevlar and ten times stronger than steel by splicing specific spider DNA segments into that of a goat. Although incredibly strong, the silk material is still quite flexible.

That discovery gave other researchers the idea to splice the spider DNA into human genes, and they actually did so using lab-grown human tissue. That genetically-modified skin “fabric” was then shot with a gun and successfully stopped bullets during testing.

Although it’s highly unlikely that the military will begin splicing spider DNA into infantry privates, the silk material technology discovered in the research and testing will likely find a profitable home in future military body armor applications.